Starting Your Own Business Workshop @ SPARK East
Aug 17 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

SPARK SYOB Flyer*FEE: $25 (FREE for students. IF YOU ARE A WCC STUDENT, EMAIL: to get FREE entry.)

Looking to start a business? Join Ann Arbor SPARK and our community partners to learn about personality traits of entrepreneurs, marketing plans, legal, accounting, and risk considerations, product development, business plans and financing options.

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Bold Futures 2018 @ Crane Liberal Arts Building, Washtenaw Community College
Aug 21 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

logoBold Futures 2018Who: Students, age 14-18 Years

Cost: FREE for Students, FREE Lunch and T-Shirt Included

Questions? Call: (734) 249-5880 or Email:

Calling all high school students that want to spend a day learning how to solve problems and make a difference through entrepreneurship.

At Bold Futures, you will:

  • Work on a team to identify problems, develop potential solutions, and then pitch those solutions to business and non-profit leaders in the community!
  • Learn the skills to become leaders, innovators, and problem solvers in your community!
  • Meet entrepreneurs, students, and aspiring innovators from all over Washtenaw County, some of whom are running their own businesses!

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Entrepreneurship Center CLOSED – Labor Day
Sep 3 all-day

We will reopen for our normal hours on Tuesday, September 4.

Startup Business Research Help @ Entrepreneurship Center
Sep 6 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Fall 2018 Startup Biz Research HelpWant to pinpoint information about your area of business? Want to learn about potential customers and where they’re located? Want to pick a good geographical location for your business?

Walk in and talk to a business librarian to learn how to use the library’s databases to access all this information and more.

No registration necessary, just walk in!

WCC Welcome Day @ Community Park
Sep 12 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Ken Segall: Insanely Simple @ Michigan Theater
Sep 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Cahoots, with sponsors TroveAnn Arbor SPARK, the Zell Lurie Institiute at U of M, and the Entrepreneurship Center at WCC will be hosting a speaking engagement by author and blogger Ken Segall.

Ken was Creative Director at some of the world’s top Ad Agencies and over the course of three decades shaped campaigns for BMW, IBM, Intel, NeXT and Apple. He worked directly with Steve Jobs for twelve years at both NeXT and Apple, led the creative team behind the Think different campaign that launched Apple’s resurrection, and he started Apple down the i-road by naming the iMac. Ken’s books Insanely Simpleand Think Simple spell out the benefits of avoiding big company thinking and making complexity our enemy.

Ken will be at Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theater on Wednesday, September 12th at 2 pm. No charge to attend the event as we want the entire community to have access. Come take an hour to hear from Ken and participate in a short Q & A at the end.

Doors open at 1:30 pm.

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Washtenaw Economic Club Luncheon – Growing the Local Economy: The Impact of Microloans on Urban and Rural Communities @ Morris Lawrence Building
Sep 13 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Warren S. Galloway, Jr., Owner, Warren Galloway & Associates, LLC, discusses microlending and how it can be used as an important resource in strengthening both urban and rural communities. Find out how community support and encouragement of new business creation are key strategies for local and regional economic development and growth.

Fee: $55 for WEC members, $77.50 for non-members

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Free Q&A Session on Microlending with Warren S. Galloway, Jr. @ Morris Lawrence Building, Room ML 150
Sep 13 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

microlending talk flyerStudents: Opportunity to get your questions answered on microfinancing for your business with Warren S. Galloway, Jr.!

Join us for a free Q & A session after the Washtenaw Economic Club Lunch on September 13 at 1:30pm with Warren S. Galloway, Jr., Owner of Warren Galloway & Associates, LLC and the author of several books including “10 Easy Steps to Starting a Business”. He will discuss microlending and financing for business owners. Through his work at TechTown in Detroit and at multiple financial institutions, Warren works to help rebuild urban and rural communities by utilizing funds from financial institutions, government, businesses, foundations and private individuals.

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“Forming Your LLC or DBA: Do it Now!” Workshop, with guest business attorney and the Small Business Development Center @ Morris Lawrence Building, Room ML 150
Sep 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

LLC DBA workshop flyerReady to launch your business as a sole proprietor or LLC? Then you need this hands-on workshop! A business attorney will be present to discuss business entities and explain the documents needed to form and register a business, including Articles of Organization and Employer Identification Number (EIN). An SBDC consultant will cover basic bookkeeping procedures,  and a tax advisor will discuss the tax implications of your new business, options, and good business practices.

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The Business of Being an Artist: Coaching with Sandra Xenakis @ Entrepreneurship Center
Sep 14 @ 1:00 pm

Artist coaching flyer“Art Meets Business” Coaching for Artists & Creative Entrepreneurs with Sandra Xenakis

Coaching sessions at: 1pm, 2pm and 3pm

Free one-on-one business coaching for creative entrepreneurs. One hour available per individual. Cannot have had Art Meets Business coaching previously.

Important note: No-shows will forfeit their chance to schedule a future coaching session. Please contact us at or 734-249-5880 if you cannot attend your scheduled coaching session.

Art Meets Business hopes to “bust the myth” of the starving artist by helping creative entrepreneurs become more successful. Research shows that the most successful entrepreneurs are those who have a firm grasp of basic business skills. AMB offers access to business resources and information on marketing, pricing, negotiating, using social networking sites, customer relations, working with galleries, record-keeping, contracts, and many other issues that affect the success of artists.

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